Andrew McNamara to join training ranks
Leading Irish Jockey Andrew McNamara announced on his twitter account today the decision to hang up the riding boots this weekend at Tramore.
A winner aboard Newmill in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham in 2006 and lucky enough to ride the likes of Sizing Europe when taking the 2008 Irish Champion Hurdle, The Listener to Grade 1 success in the JN Wine Champion Chase in 2009 and rode the brave Bluesea Cracker to success in the Irish Grand National in 2010.
More recently a partenership with the Shark Hanlon and his stable star Hidden Cyclone brought great rewards and five wins at Graded level abord the super chaser including the Tied Cottage chase at Punchestown last season. Many will recall him playing a big part of Tranquil Sea’s career winning a Grade 3, two at Grade 2 level and Grade 1 success in the 2010 John Durkin Memorial at Punchestown in 2010.
The next chapter will be training for McNamara, his family steeped in Racing of course with his father Andrew senior responsible for saddling an Arkle winner Boreen Prince in 1985 and with brother Robbie who has recently discussed his wish to turn to training after suffering injury this season which has sadly ended his riding career far too early.
Recently Andrew had received praise for his part of the impressive additions to the RTE racing team and appearing on ATR to run his eye over proceedings at the biggest meetings in Ireland and no doubt he will still be in demand for such work.
In a press release from the HRI this afternoon Andrew commented.
“I consider myself very privileged in my career. I left college to pursue my childhood dream as a jockey and have ridden just under 500 winners. Horse racing is my way of life and I am looking forward to moving on to the next phase, training racehorses.”
“The plan is to do the trainers course in September. I have been buying and selling a few horses in the last few years and am looking forward to running and selling them on – I really enjoy that aspect of the industry. Together with my wife Rhona, I have been busy throughout the summer at the sales and have bought some nice horses and am looking forward to the future with them.”
Andrew McNamara went on to say: “People might think that I am retiring due to my brother Robbie’s and my cousin JT McNamara’s injuries but I have had back trouble plaguing me and between my height and keeping my weight right I am now moving on to what I always wanted to do – training.”
Brian Kavanagh, CEO of Horse Racing Ireland said: “Andrew is a very popular jockey and has ridden some brilliant winners over the years including Newmill in the Champion Chase at Cheltenham and Bluesea Cracker in the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse. He has been very active on the Injured Jockeys Fund Committee and I have enjoyed seeing him progress to TV presenting on RTÉ Racing. I look forward to watching him train winners in the future.”
We wish him all the best and thank him again for his role in our video which he sadly never received the Oscar or Bafta nominations truly deserved.
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